Happy New Year! We look forward to blogging and reading more in 2017. Here are, in no particular order, five of our top blog posts of 2016. “The first week of our tech fast I was more anxious, jittery, and distracted than I normally am, and I attribute that to not having my normal Read More
Banquets, Feasts, & Parties: Celebrating Kingdom Come
As any (in my case, former) YoungLife leader will tell you, Jesus was about way more than mind-numbing sermons, legalistic religiosity, and holier-than-thou separatism. “When God took flesh as Jesus,” we would tell high schoolers turned off by the stuffy stereotypes surrounding Christianity, “he partied!” And indeed, the first miracle described in John’s Gospel is Read More
Why Do You Endure?
This year we asked Mission Year staff and writers to answer the question, “Why Do You Endure?” We’ll be sharing their answers on the blog each month. “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects Read More
Why Do You Endure?
This year we asked Mission Year staff and writers to answer the question, “Why Do You Endure?” We’ll be sharing their answers on the blog each month. “In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” – Dante Alighieri, Inferno I Read More
What Does Shalom Mean to Us?
I live a fragmented life. I have lived this way for quite some time. I dabble in different spheres and with different groups of people. I have two part-time jobs which I love, but each can sometimes prevent me from being fully present and invested in the other. I feel like much of my life Read More
What Shalom Means to Me
“Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all of those things are gone. Yes, they’re gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see – I have wiped away every tear from every Read More
A Different Kind of Artist
I come from a long line of art teachers and had planned to be an art teacher since I was six years old. After graduating high school I decided to wait a year before entering an art education program to do Mission Year. I had an inkling that it would drastically change my life but Read More
A Different Kind of Mentor
Mission Year is this sacred gift that is open for anyone, but only few take it. It’s a space where a young person can wrestle with this world as it is, while looking for God’s hand and mercy. It’s a time to discover Jesus and walk along side Him daily without distraction. It’s a chance Read More
A Different Kind of Activist
I moved from Michigan to Houston, Texas with the intent of taking a year of my life to pursue social justice. After a year I would then resume my life back in Michigan. Four years later, I’m still in Houston, pursuing social justice in unexpected ways. I grew up idolizing the spotlight, wanting to do Read More
A Different Kind of Mom
I’ve been loving the #DifferentKindof series because it’s been taking me back to all those years that I’ve asked how I can be a “different kind of ___.” A different kind of single person? Married person? Teacher? Friend? Daughter? Citizen? Church member? Mentor? Leader? Mother? Ironically, of all those listed identities, I’ve actually been Read More